In a major decisions by the government, and ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8; the girl students of more than 40,000 upper primary schools in Uttar Pradesh is set to receive self-defence techniques and training under the ‘Mission Shakti’ programme that had started in March 1 and will continue till March 31.
Vijay Kiran Anand, Director-General of School Education has said "These classes will help rural students boost their self-confidence and self-esteem.” He also added that “the girls of classes VI to VIII to learn self-defence techniques. Participants will also be given certificates”.
The education department which presently consists of 10,748 physical education instructors have been given the responsibility to train girl students. The trainers will train their own school and a neighbouring school as well; the order has also been issued to all 75 districts of the state. The department has also made a provision of INR 3,000 per school for this purpose.
The commendable decisions by the government will surely help to boost confidence in girls be physically and mentally self-dependent, and fight the odd situation with confidence. Given the rise of violence and crime against women in recent days, this will surely help girls in self-defence will confident.